Sgt Sidney Dines medal for gallantry

Sgt Sidney Dines MMSgt Sidney Adolphus Dines, 16175, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous gallantry during a bombing raid shortly before the signing of the armistice.

The Luton News (January 23rd, 1919) reported that Sgt Dines was a former pupil of Chapel Street School and his home address was 39 Ashton Road, Luton.

He had joined the Forces in September 1914 and went to France in July 1915. He had been on active service for the whole period, with the exception of two spells of home leave.

The 1911 Census showed him working as a fitter living at the Ashton Road address with parents David and Susannah Dines and sister Daisy. He was born in Luton on October 19, 1894.

He married Rosalind Mabel Bennell in Uxbridge in 1923, and was later working as an iron moulder. Sidney was residing at 305 Dallow Road, Luton, at the time of his death in December 1976 at the age of 82.